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Prohibition: The Failed Amendment

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“Prohibition” is an implementation of law that completely prohibits the sale and consumption of a certain substance. During the years 1920 through 1933, alcohol was banned from being manufactured, sold and consumed in the USA. Section one of the Amendment states that “after one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited”. Just three hours after President Wilson tried to veto the bill, the House passed it at a vote of 176 to 55, and shortly after the Senate did the same with 65 to 20. The law was implemented to prevent excess drinking during the hard economic times. While the law had good intentions, it is known that it conjured up the opposite of what it was intended to do. Prohibition was an extremely controversial time in American history. A quote from Henry H. Curran, an official from the AAPA (Association Against the Prohibition Amendment) states that "Excessive drinking among young people is a natural consequence of our prohibition laws. This is not evidence of depravity on their part, but a youthful reaction against the challenge of restraint. It is smart to drink. It is smart to carry a flask. Before prohibition the lad who took liquor on the hip to a party was almost unknown. Today he is a common figure." (aapa.htm source). Prohibition created more crime and an overall disrespect for the law and our government, but most of all it did not stop the sale and consumption of alcohol at all. Prohibition actually gave people more incentives off illegally trading alcohol because it wa... ... middle of paper ... ... and that goes for anything else. Not only does it cause excess, but it also causes a division between the agreers and the disagreers, along with tension and rebellion between people throughout the nation. Prohibition created an entire bootlegging industry and was pulling men into the business because of its great benefits. With something like this going on it’s hard for people to recognize the boundaries between what’s right and wrong, and that goes for the buyers and sellers of illegal alcohol. Even though many were morally against alcohol, they were also against the idea of the government banning it. It was an idea throughout the nation that the government should not decide personal or public affairs. Prohibition created more crime and an overall disrespect for the law and our government, but most of all it did not stop the sale and consumption of alcohol at all.
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